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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

CRIME

Sexual assault cases rise

While reported cases of sexual assault on men have seen a sharp increase in the past 20 years, the majority of incidents still involve women as victims, with a male-to-female ratio of 1:10, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday. Between 1997 and last year, a total of 131,134 sexual assault cases were reported, with the number of female victims accounting for 90 percent of the total, or 10.52 times that of male victims, according to ministry statistics. However, the number of cases involving male victims has risen significantly from 19 in 1997 to 1,159 last year, the data showed. The statistics also reveal that the percentage of stranger-perpetrated sexual assault cases fell from 25.81 percent to 4.36 percent, while that of acquaintance-perpetrated cases jumped from 12.98 percent to 75.65 percent.

EDUCATION

Graduations put on hold

An increasing number of university students are postponing their graduation, mainly to develop specialized skills in different fields, the Ministry of Education said. Ministry data showed a total of 48,000 students are to postpone their graduation this academic year, an increase of 1.4 percent year-on-year. The number is 6.6 percent higher than in the 2011-2012 school year, with most of the growth coming among female students, the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said. In its analysis of the figures, the agency said some of those delaying their graduation were doing so to pursue a double major or a minor in another field to develop interdisciplinary skills, seen by many as critically important to success in a constantly changing economic environment. Others are extending their time in school because they have not met the necessary graduation requirements or for technical reasons, the agency said.

TRANSPORTATION

Slow tunnel drivers fined

Since a crackdown that began on Monday last week, 11 tickets for driving at less than 70kph in the Hsuehshan Tunnel have been issued, the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau said on Tuesday. Each of the drivers was fined between NT$3,000 and NT$6,000, the bureau said. Traffic flow and speeds of vehicles using the tunnel have increased, which is a key part of reducing congestion on the Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Freeway (National Freeway No. 5) which connects Taipei and Yilan County. Some have blamed slow driving in the tunnel for worsening the problem, prompting the bureau to increase in the minimum speed in the tunnel from 60kph to 70kph on March 10, with a one-month grace period so that drivers could adapt to the new rule.

WEATHER

Cold front to bring rain

The north and east of the nation are likely to see rainfall over the coming week with the arrival of a cold front and the strengthening of northeasterly winds, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Northern and eastern Taiwan can expect intermittent rain today as the front approaches, while central and southern areas could see rain or thunderstorms as a cloud system moves north from the south, the bureau said. Temperatures in the north and northeast are forecast to drop tomorrow as the front passes across the nation and the northeasterly winds strengthen, while heavier rain or thunderstorms are expected in western and northeastern areas. From Saturday to Monday, cloud and rain from southern China are forecast to move east, bringing intermittent rain to northern and eastern parts of the nation, the bureau said.

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